Weds 4th November 2015 (12.35 – 13.35) Queen’s MR2:

Poetry & Poetics Roundtable (1)

Please join us for our first ’round table’ introduction to poetry research in the department. Contributors will include Philip Lancaster, Henry Power, Emily Bernhard Jackson, Simon Rennie, Joe Crawford and Elliot Kendall. All welcome.


Thurs 19 November 2015 (18.30 – 20.00) Queen’s Senior Common Room:

MAP (Poetry and Geology) reading

MAP event

Join Professor Andy Brown and Michael McKimm, Geological Society of London & editor of MAP, for an evening of Poetry & Geology.


Weds 2nd December 2015 (12.35 – 1.35) Queen’s MR1:

Poetry & Poetics Roundtable (2)

Please join us for our second ’round table’ introduction to poetry research in the department. Contributors will include Peter Riley, Sally Flint, Andy Brown, Jo Gill and Jos Smith. All welcome.


Kathleen Jamie reading: Tues 16th February

Kathleen Jamie is coming to read next week, Tuesday 16th February from 1 – 2.30 in the Queen’s SCR.  She is a wonderful poet and non-fiction writer – ‘Jamie’s shape-shifting, metaphorical imagination startles the mind awake’ – multi prize-winning, and this is a rare opportunity to hear her read from, and talk about her work.

Kathleen Jamie reading: Tues 16th February

Kathleen Jamie is coming to read next week, Tuesday 16th February from 1 – 2.30 in the Queen’s SCR.  She is a wonderful poet and non-fiction writer – ‘Jamie’s shape-shifting, metaphorical imagination startles the mind awake’ – multi prize-winning, and this is a rare opportunity to hear her read from, and talk about her work.

Visiting Speaker: Professor Brian Maidment of Liverpool John Moores University

Monday 29th February

Professor Brian Maidment will present a paper in Queen’s MR1 at 3.35pm, entitled ‘Imagining the Cockney University – The March of Intellect and comic verse 1820-1840’. The talk will draw on Brian’s research into early nineteenth-century periodical culture.

The seminar will be followed by drinks.

Film and Poetry: Research Workshop

Tues 16 Feb 2016  / Postponed to Tues 22 March

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research and the Poetry & Poetics seminar invite proposals for short contributions to our forthcoming joint research workshop on Film and Poetry (Tues 22 March 6.30 pm in Queen’s LT1).

We are interested in submissions that reflect on any aspect of our joint theme. Work-in-progress is welcome! Topic might include (but are not restricted to): Poets on film/biopics; Cinepoetry/The film poem; Adaptation; Visual and sound effects; Experimentation.

We are flexible in terms of format i.e. we are happy to consider proposals for conventional research papers, creative responses, short films, and more. The workshop will feature around half a dozen short (10 mins max) presentations, followed by open discussion and then . . . further debate in the pub.

If you would like to participate as a speaker, please send a brief proposal to include a title and short summary (100 words max) to by Tuesday 8th March.

Everyone else is welcome to come along on Tues 22nd March at 6.30 (Queen’s LT1) to hear about current research in these areas, and to join in with the discussion and post-workshop drinks.


Inaugural Lecture (Weds 9th March, Queen’s LT2, 5 – 6 pm): Professor Jo Gill, University of Exeter

“Thirteen Ways of Looking from a Skyscraper: Modern American Poetry and Architecture”.

Visiting Speaker (Weds 18th May, Queen’s MR2/3, 5.30 pm): Professor Jonathan Ellis, University of Sheffield

“Haunting Me: Michael Donaghy’s Elegies” – Weds 18th May 5.30 pm. Queen’s MR 2/3.


The University of Exeter’s Poetry & Poetics seminar is pleased to announce that Professor Jonathan Ellis (University of Sheffield) will be visiting us on Weds 18th May and will be delivering a paper at 5.30 pm (Queen’s MR2/3) under the title: Haunting Me: Michael Donaghy’s Elegies
This paper focuses on Michael Donaghy’s third collection, Conjure (2000), in particular the poems that open and close the book in which Donaghy conducts an imaginary conversation with first, his dead father, and later, his grown-up son, himself just a child when the poem was written.
The first poem in the book, “The Excuse,” is a response to of one of the twentieth century’s most famous poems on fatherhood, Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy,” while the last poem, “Haunts,” is in explicit dialogue with Shakespeare’ s Hamlet. Donaghy’s ghosts are not just literary, of course, but also personal. The paper reflects on the place of intimacy not only in Donaghy’s elegies but in contemporary poetry more generally. What is the relationship between elegy  and self-elegy? Who is conjuring who from the dead?
Jonathan Ellis is Reader in American Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Art and Memory in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop, and editor of Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop. The latter is appearing in a new paperback edition this August. He is currently editing a new book of essays based on the conference on Bishop’s Questions of Travel he organised in Sheffield last year. The provisional title is Travelling Elsewhere: New Readings of Elizabeth Bishop. He also publishes on contemporary film and reviews fiction and poetry for Poetry Ireland Review and the Times Literary Supplement. Last year he commissioned a new poemfilm on Bishop’s “Questions of Travel” by artist Charlotte Hodes and poet Deryn Rees-Jones; it was shortlisted for an AHRC Research in Film Award.




Vibrant Localism

Exeter Centre for the Literatures of Identity, Place and Sustainability

XFI Building, Conference Room 1&2, University of Exeter, 24th June 2016 (9am-5pm)

In her study of Local Attachments in the Romantic period, Fiona Stafford has argued that ‘the vital significance of local attachment for art arises from truth’s need for strong foundations, not with any restriction of scope or audience.’ In fact, Stafford goes further to argue that ‘local truth was the way to reach audiences distant in time and space.’ By recognizing the emergence of local attachment in the context of a growing awareness of movements, relations, and dialogues between places, Stafford strikes a chord with contemporary forms of what has been called in some circles ‘the new localism’. Across the country, internationally networked community initiatives and dynamic heritage and conservation projects are beginning to suggest that we need to rethink dismissals of the local as reactionary, insular and conservative. Last year alone saw all seats on a town council in Somerset go to independent councillors frustrated with national party politics and keen to push a more progressive environmental agenda. And it saw the Turner Prize go to an architecture collective working with a community land trust on a small-scale housing project in Liverpool. Extraordinary things are happening at the most ordinary of scales.

Such forms of ‘vibrant localism’ trouble recent dismissals of locality and place and encourage a more careful reconsideration. It has been argued that the rise of such a powerful new concept as the Anthropocene in environmental thought requires us to think bigger and to think more dynamically, but place and locality might not in fact preclude this. Are there ways of ‘thinking big’ and thinking dynamically through the local, for example? Recent works on ‘archipelagic criticism’ by John Brannigan and on ‘regional modernisms’ by Neal Alexander and James Moran, and in heritage studies by Laurajane Smith have, in a variety of ways, begun to develop frameworks which may be useful in rethinking the local as dynamic, open and creative.

This one-day symposium hosted by Exeter’s Centre for the Literatures of Identity, Place, and Sustainability will explore critical methodologies for examining the local as a site of: complexity, tension, self-reflexivity, extrinsic relations, mobility, uncertainty, plurality, innovation, and experiment. It asks whether there are critical approaches to authors, artists, or communities themselves, that might help in reconceptualising the local as vibrant, contemporary and alive. All are welcome and the event is free but places are limited to please email asap.

For inquiries or to book a place email: Dr Jos Smith

This symposium is a part of the British Academy-funded project ‘Common Ground and a Critical Localism in the Arts: Recuperating an English Cultural Geography, 1971-2012.’


The War Passion – Sunday 24 July 2016

Our own Dr Philip Lancaster’s first major work as a composer is to receive its first performance at the Three Choirs Festival this summer, as one of their festival commissions. His new work is a 65 minute chamber oratorio for soloists, choir and ensemble, War Passion — a setting of the story of Christ’s Passion entwined with poems by nine First World War poets, weaving a dual narrative of endurance and sacrifice.

The War Passion is to be performed alongside Herbert Howells’s Requiem at Cirencester Parish Church on Sunday 24 July, 3.30pm, by the St. Cecilia Singers and the Bristol Ensemble, conducted by Gloucester Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Jonathan Hope.

Tickets for the performance are now available from the Festival’s website — as are tickets for a talk in Gloucester about the new work, which takes place on the previous day. Philip notes “It is a great privilege for this work to have been commissioned by, and be receiving its first performance at, such a prestigious festival as the Three Choirs, and I am grateful to both the festival and to the Finzi Trust, without whose support this piece would likely never have been written. Further details about the War Passion can be found on my website, should you be interested:”



English & Creative Writing welcome our new professor of creative writing

the award winning poet and novelist, KEI MILLER

Come and welcome Kei, hear him read from his work, have a drink and a chat

The Long Lounge – Devonshire House

Tuesday 11th October – 6-8pm – free entry

with snappy introductory readings from all our existing authors

Professor Andy Brown         Dr Belinda Castles             Dr Jane Feaver

    Dr Sam North

Exeter Poetry Festival Event: Launch of The Broadsheet 2016, Queen’s Cafe, University of Exeter, Tues 4th Oct (7pm)

Readings from poets published in The Broadsheet, with live music, hosted by Simon Williams and Susan Taylor.

All welcome!

Poet of the Great War: Ivor Gurney

The British Academy, 10 – 11 Carlton House Terrace, London, Thurs 6th Oct (6pm)

Ivor Gurney (1890 – 1937) was both a poet and a composer. In this event celebrating National Poetry Day, talk, poetry readings and song combine in a sequence exploring Gurney’s responses to literature, landscape, history, memory and the First World War.

Dr Philip Lancaster, University of Exeter

Accompanied by:
Gavin Roberts, Pianist

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